No, I’m not one of those girls who eat to their heart’s content and not put on a single pound. I can’t begin to tell you the number of times my weight fluctuated, my dress size changed and eventually, depression kicked in when I saw myself in the mirror and didn’t like what I was looking at. Doesn’t it kill you when your favorite dress doesn’t fit anymore? Yep, happened to me SEVERAL times.
I know what you’re thinking. And I know I’m going to be judged a lot for this because all women are beautiful, all sizes are beautiful, and you need to love the skin you’re in right? But that’s not my point here. It’s not about fitting into a size 8 dress and looking skinny. It’s about being healthy. And not just physically.
When we started WhereMyFoodAt 3 years ago I was at my fittest form and eventually, I noticed giving less importance to my health and more to eating out and having a good time. Until one day, I decided to go out for a run since I had no work, no tastings and therefore no excuses, and I noticed myself gasping for air after barely running a kilometer. Back then I had a 9-5 job, so “no time” was my favorite excuse and I prioritized sleep, food, work – basically everything over fitness.
Eventually, it got to a point where I started getting dejected looking at the mirror and seeing what I’ve made my body become, even the thought of going out for a walk made me lethargic, and I just wasn’t healthy for a 20 something-year-old.
Want to know what motivated me? It was a while ago when Den and I were at a Food Blogger event and while conversing with a group of bloggers, the topic of working out came up and I mentioned that I “really need to lose weight” (we’ve all said that!) to which someone replied saying “you’re pretty healthy for a Food Blogger, I mean what do you expect”.
For those of you who don’t know me well, I love proving people wrong especially when it’s in the context of bringing me down. Nothing gives me more satisfaction than having someone tell me I can’t something. Because that’s the DRIVE I need to get it done. And I wanted to prove that a food blogger who eats as much as I do can be as fit as any other fitness blogger in Dubai. I wanted to prove that you, in fact, can have your cake and eat it too!
The moment you realize that excuses are only going to ruin you is when you’ll notice your life and body changing. I started my whole “transformation” journey when I was balancing a 9-5 job and WhereMyFoodAt. I started my day at 6 am and went to the gym for a workout. Waking up was HARD. But that was the only free time frame I had. Before I joined the gym, I hated the thought of running and I used to think people who run are crazy. But since I was in the whole “new me” phase, I decided to give running a shot. I began doing intervals (two-minute run two-minute walk for 30 mins), after a month I began jogging continuously for 20 minutes or so and now, I run 10km thrice a week in a span of one hour. And you know the weirdest part? I absolutely LOVE running now.
Which brings me to what you’ve all been asking for, what’s my current regime?
When it comes to food, I don’t believe in diets. Because that depresses me too. Whenever I go for a tasting, or I know I’m about to indulge in a heavy lunch or dinner, I make sure the food I eat the rest of the day is super healthy.
For instance, if I have dinner planned tomorrow, I’m not going to starve myself until dinner. That’s not healthy, and I’ll end up putting on weight. Instead, I start my day with two eggs (no bread) or a smoothie, and something super light for lunch – it could be anything. I personally don’t fancy too many salads, so I instead opt for a small portion of whole-wheat pasta or grilled skinless chicken instead. Just remember that when the time comes to eat out and indulge, try everything but never stuff yourself. If you feel there’s too much food on the table, pack it away for your family or roommate, or probably lunch the next day. But never EVER stuff yourself.
Also, remember what they said in school about water? It’s true guys haha! 2 liters of water everyday actually helps you lose weight. So when you’re dining out make sure to opt for water as opposed to fresh juices, and when you wake up in the morning, start your day with a glass of warm water mixed with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar (it reduces belly fat).
When it comes to working out, 5 days a week is more than enough. Your body needs time to rest. Since I eat a lot, I make sure to include a lot of cardio. My favorite cardio is running since it’s proven to be the most effective for me when it comes to weight loss (and it also helps me think clearly), I also swim, I LOVE Zumba, and since I have chubby thighs, I do a bit of cycling too.
But believe it or not, it’s lifting weights that has helped me sculpt my body to the shape I want. Whoever said women shouldn’t lift heavy is perpetuated by women who fear work and men who fear women. I started weight training 9 months ago and that’s helped me shed pounds even faster. I train with weights thrice a week. A whole day dedicated to my legs, another day to my back and shoulders, and a separate day for my biceps and triceps. Remember not to start heavy, start light and you’ll eventually know when to go heavier. And within a months time, you’ll notice certain cuts and sculpts you never thought you’d have. Best feeling ever!
When it comes to abs, you only need to dedicate 15 minutes a day, every alternate day, and the types of exercise available online are infinite. You can even do it at home with a yoga mat. But with abs, you need to learn how to be patient, since it takes a while to show. But trust me, they’re brewing inside!
So to sum up, eat whatever the hell you want, but in moderation, and remember to balance all that deliciously indulgent food with some healthy detoxing food as well. Play around with your workouts and never stick to a routine, and you’ll slowly find yourself looking forward to gym time. I recently started skipping, kick-boxing and practicing hand-stands, and I’m planning to start playing basketball (I was in the school team) next month once the weather is better. So remember, switch it up. Within a few months, you will definitely notice the change in your body, and it won’t be long before people notice the positivity radiating from you. You’ll find yourself happier, fitter and a lot more inspired!
I hope I’ve covered everything you guys needed. Is there anything else you’d like to know? Let me know!